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Crimea is just Putin’s ‘opening game,’ says Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt

March 20th, 2014
03:47 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Russia’s annexation of Crimea could be just the first move in President Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical chess match with Ukraine, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“I think that Crimea is the opening game,” he said. “It is not that President Putin is primarily interested in Crimea. He is interested in Ukraine.”

“If you read carefully what President Putin said in his big speech in the Kremlin the day before yesterday, what he says there about sort of historical claims and those sorts of things, apply not only to Crimea but also to southern parts of Ukraine.”

“That is where we should be extremely alert at the risk of President Putin moving further, even militarily, beyond Crimea.”

Bildt: Putin's agenda is Kiev, not Crimea

And in terms of his play for influence in Ukraine, Bildt thinks Putin’s goals know few bounds.

“I’m pretty convinced that his real agenda is not Crimea, but Kiev.”

“I think he is prepared to use both economic measures, subversion, destabilizing issues, [and] economic issues – but at the end of the day what we have seen during the last few weeks is that he is also prepared to use military instruments. And that is what is scary and what is deeply worrying.”

It may not happen immediately, Bildt said, but Putin is “prepared to play this long.”

U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against Russian officials and a Russian bank, designed to hit closer to the ruling elite and Putin himself.

“The second round is going to be significantly more powerful than the first one,” Bildt said. It “hits significant economic interests that are fairly close to the ruling circles in Moscow.”

“It will be noticed.”

New sanctions "will be noticed" in Moscow

And even without the sanctions, Bildt said, Russia will feel the pain of Russia’s actions.

“What is happening now is that we see Russia emerging as an unpredictable power.”

“That’s extremely worrying from a security policy point of view, but also from the business point of view. If there is one thing businessmen want, they want predictability.”

“And now Russia is one of the most unpredictable places that you can find around the world. That’s going to have a significant economic impact over time.”

Russia is now an "unpredictable power"

If sanctions imposed by Europe are to have an impact, countries must be willing to bear the pain of imposing them.

“The energy dependency [on Russia] is significant for certain countries, there’s no question about that. I think you will see that changing, but that will take a couple of years to change.”

Outside of the energy sector, Bildt said that sanctions are much more of an issue for Russia than Europe.

“The European Union is not particularly dependent on Russia. Russia is highly dependent upon the European Union. The cast amount of its exports, its trade is with the European Union. The overwhelming part of the western investment that Russia needs to desperately is coming from the European Union.”

Ultimately, the question for Western powers will be whether their actions are enough to deter Putin.

“I hope that we will be able to deter him. And I hope that he will see there are enormous costs to Russia if he goes to aggression against virtually all of Ukraine. It’s not to be excluded. He has shown that he is willing to do things that most of us didn’t think that he was going to do.”

Amanpour challenged him.

“Hope doesn’t have any battalions, no brigades,” she said. “Am I to understand, is Ukraine to understand, that if President Putin decides to go militarily into Ukraine there is not much anybody can do to stop him?”

“Well in that particular case there would be no question about that. Then you will have very significant sanctions coming. And those sanctions will have a significant destabilizing effect on the Russian economy. Then I think we are entering a completely different ball game.”

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    March 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • M M

      the west are the aggressors here, they through an elected government by organizing a coup in Ukraine, hoping they will bring NATO into a closer borders of Russia, and to kick out the Russian navy fleet from the black sea. they plan is failing and that is why there are upset and splashing out their laughable propaganda. what a tragedy in Ukraine, while nobody has been killed yet by the Russians

      March 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • Niels Kokholm Nielsen

        You are quite right! The perverted Western media is completely wild!

        March 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
      • Russia spread the worst influence on the world of all countries!

        STOP watching PUTINTV! The Ukraine was in perfect peace till Putin send russian troops for invasion to take the crimea! The Ukrainians fought hard to get rid of their corrupt putin puppet! You should be ashamed and take the Ukrainians as idol! Obviously they are smarter than the russians who still believe in the propaganda putin brings them! Do the same as the brave Ukrainians and send your corrupt Putin to hell and stop being Putins skaves and zombies!!

        March 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm |
      • Pete

        You seem to be missing the point, in your own words "ELECTED GOVERNMENT". Nothing to do with Russia who have basically used it as an exuse to invade. If the Crimeans want o be part of Russia ok, then the Chechens should get their own country becasue they DON'T want to be part of Russia. That would be fair!!!

        March 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm |
      • Rob Moore

        Typical Russian. The Russian people would rather follow a dictator than think for themselves. And what would you know about Western news media, anyway?. You follow news media that is officially controlled by the government. Why would you trust news media that is telling you only what the government tells it to say? Putin wants you to believe his lies about Ukraine. Being Russian, you are happy to let the government tell you what to think. Perhaps, if you were not such sheep, you would have a better country with government that was actually accountable to the citizenry and care more about improving the country than enriching themselves.

        March 21, 2014 at 12:47 am |
      • Diga me

        Seems Goebells style propaganda works very well. You lost the contact with reality here.

        March 21, 2014 at 1:13 am |
      • Sergey

        Please help!!! People governor of Donetsk Paul Gubarev is in a coma after five days of torture by the authorities in Kiev

        Pavel was arrested for speaking out against coruption, criminal authorities and genocide of russians and other nationalities in Ukraine. Paul has three children, with whom his wife Catherine was forced to leave Ukraine after her husband's arrest.

        On March 14 was also arrested Alexander Kharitonov (popular governor of Lugansk region, the leader of "Lugansk guard"), whose fate is currently unknown.

        And on March 17 in Odessa was detained leader of the "People's Alternatives" Davidchenko Anton, who is also in jail SBU Kiev and whose fate is also not known.

        March 21, 2014 at 1:14 am |
      • serg

        Без сомнения Америка и их союзники, являются осью зла! Именно они начинают уничтожать государства, в своих корыстных интересах, которые не встают перед ними на колени. Чем больше узнаю лицемерие Америки и их союзников, тем больше их ненавижу!!!

        March 21, 2014 at 3:40 am |
      • Sertain

        Absolutelly agree!

        March 21, 2014 at 4:25 am |
      • Cadiz

        Ridiculous comments. The protesters were all peaceful until Putin gave the former Ukrainian President instructions to kill protesters. Their blood is all on Russia's hands. Not to mention the Ukrainian soldier killed. The Russians are clearly the aggressors here and have now violated international law with Crimea. Get your head out of the sand and stop watching the only Putin channel for your news.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:05 am |
      • bperet

        I can't believe people still buy into this myth that these were peaceful protesters. The only people close to being peaceful were the police, who were constantly bombarded by this ugly mob which, yes, whether you wish to believe it or not, was composed of a significant amount of Right Sector and Svoboda fascists. And it was the protesters that had snipers fire on both sides – if you don't already know that, then you are incredibly uninformed.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:43 am |
      • Elena

        Rob Moore, I am "Typical Russian". And complitly satisfy with it. Yes, there are a lot of things I"ll think first rather than about myself. If you bother yourself to know smth about russians like War and Peace for example befor giving us your advice it ll be more acceptable. And, if you ARE not such sheep, come and live in Ukraine let YOUR son fight and Your wife walk along the street. Or You are clean blood 100% Ukranian? And this is site CNN with this Amanpour – мужик в юбке – is not Russian media isn"t it?

        March 21, 2014 at 7:58 am |
      • al

        Backwards as usual,Europe put its security in the hands of NATO,primarily backed by the US,now it is clear that the US will not protect Europe and Putin is taking advantage (and real estate}It is the fault of Europe for spending all its money on social programs instead of supporting its military as well.

        March 21, 2014 at 9:28 am |
      • Woods Beldau

        The vast majority of the Ukrainian people, including Mr. Yanukevych and his party were for the agreement with the EU. Then Vladimir Putin applied economic coercion and threatened force. The President of Ukraine chose to listen to Putin and not to his people. With the result being massive demonstrations for the agreement with the EU. Since the army was loyal to Ukraine Yanukevych called in the Berkut riot troops from Sebastopol who had no feelings towards Ukraine. The Berkut was too little of a force against the people of Ukraine. When snipers were called in to kill demonstrators the people in Kiev became even angrier. Then the parliament, including the party of Yanukevych turned against the President who chose to flee the country. If Putin had not exerted pressure against Ukraine Yanukevych would have been welcomed back to Kiev from Vilnius as a hero, would be still in power. There was no coup. It was a popular uprising against external force from Russia against the legitimate interests of Ukraine.

        March 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
      • Igor

        Two Ukrainian soldiers have in fact been killed by the Russians. I am Russian, residing in St.Petersburg, Russia, but I fully support Kiev's striving towards independence and democracy. Putin must be stopped; otherwise, Europe will see Russian tanks in the streets of Warsaw, Vilnius, Prague. Have you not had enough of one Hitler? – so you will have another, Putler.

        March 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm |
      • ButtMan

        Arent you special...

        March 22, 2014 at 7:15 am |
      • Veritas

        Russian propaganda agents out in full force, as expected...

        March 22, 2014 at 8:40 am |
      • Arnold Lockshin

        Christiane is too old to fight a new war. But she is capable of agitating for one. And so are her fellow neo-cons.

        Arnold Lockshin, political exile from the US living in Moscow

        March 24, 2014 at 3:24 am |
      • Stone

        The west and its media is interesting, this is the very thing that happened in the past decades of WW I & II. Putin is a man and he also has support of some part of the world, i like anyone like him who strive dignity of his territory.

        March 24, 2014 at 4:36 am |
      • aleh

        Russian news channel reports :'Ukrainian far right group robbed some of passengers of train which had followed through Ukraine , who had Russian passports on Vinnica Central station .'

        March 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
    • rfn

      Russia has every right to defend its military and commercial interests, as well as the USA does around the world, invaded the pretext that Iraq had weapons Sadan hussein of mass destruction, LIE misplaced, the Americans stormed Mexico robbing them states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming, the Americans are behind the violent movements in Venezuela and other countries, the U.S. promoted the dictatorship in Brazil, Argentina , Chile, Uruguay and now this with a military base in Colombia, and you're telling me qa Russia acts like Hitler or she is criminal and stuff .... u are too dumb guy, going back to school and study the meaning word mANIPULATION of facts, if you are unsure TV CNN teaches you.

      March 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • Chanakya Sastri

        It is about time the western governments and media realized it is no longer a unipolar world. Interdependence is the key.
        Sanctions against Russia? Laughable proposition. If the west was keen about good relationship with Russia, it would have promoted Ukraine as a buffer zone and also help strengthen its economically. If NATO wants to expand further against Russian interests, it should do so with the understanding that Putin will not sit quiet and China and India will stay neutral. Neither do American people want to spill their blood any more in Europe after the great Ronald Reagan had his last laugh. Peace Peace Peace

        March 21, 2014 at 12:34 am |
      • Cadiz

        I bet you also blame it on the USA when girls in the bars tell you to drop dead. Get your blinders off and try to get out of your dark bedroom sometime to look at the real world.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:09 am |
      • Vadim

        Russians are Christians with the same mentality as an average European does have. It makes absolutely no sense to oppress them all the time and tehn spend huge money for military goals... We, the humans, should unite to fight senescense, not each other!

        March 21, 2014 at 6:54 am |
      • Veritas

        Lots of Russian propaganda agents here, as expected...

        March 22, 2014 at 8:41 am |
      • Kenneth Norby, Sweden

        Do you ever think about what happened in Europ after 1945 ? Do you ever think about Prag and Budapest. The wall in Berlin and Castros Cuba.
        With Putin there is no doubt in my mind that you will see a ruling class much like the times of the Romanoffs.
        Regards KN

        March 23, 2014 at 8:13 am |
      • csillagdora

        You are perfectly right! America nowdays makes wars in a lot of countries because of economical, political reasons..but if someone else dare to do THE SAME the USA get be shocked by it. For them is is allowed, the difference is only they hide it and do in secret, Russia does is openly.. despite it I think it is bad what Russia does..people were killed and the situation is terrible in Ukraine.. poor them only want to get by and not depend on Russia, at least politically. Poor people only want to be soveriegn. And in addtion, not just Ukriane but and ex-soviet country do not want to be again a port of a "new" Soviet Union. We are glad that russians went home finellay in 1990 from Hungary, too..

        March 24, 2014 at 9:41 am |
    • edgar

      this people is supported by EEUU

      March 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Country Earth

      Donetsk is the next, Odessa and Transmistria are in the waiting list followed by the Kazakhsthan

      March 21, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • Western Propaganda

        The oppressed ethnic russians of the eastern europe certainly hope so.

        March 22, 2014 at 8:20 am |
    • Domenico

      Many posts on this article display a clear lack of understanding of global politics and geo political factors that influence local politics within eastern Europe. I implore all of you to objectively read up on Ukrainian history over the past 100 years, Soviet history, and the history of sovereign Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. One cannot say that the United States set precedent by invading Iraq. Iraq was the second war waged in the Middle East in the early 2000's. First American forces entered Afghanistan where they attacked the Taliban, a group who committed a legitimate act of war against the American people. I do not think that Ukraine has committed any such acts against Russian people or their interests. I am in total agreement that the Iraqi wars were waged under false pretences and that the USA had no right to be there. But the USA did not try to annex Iraqi lands, so where is the precedent? These are two completely isolated issues. If one questions the legitimacy of Ukrainian government over the past 15 years just note that former Pres. Kuchma (of Yanukovych's own party) was found to be involved in the assassination and decapitation of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze. He also arranged rallies where the Far Right Neo-Nazi groups would claim to support his adversaries in order to negatively impact their public image. He sold a state owned steel company to his son for next to nothing (this was overturned by later gov'ts and resold for 6x the price) and he was also caught selling aeronautical defense technology to the Iraqi government circa 2000. Kuchma also arranged for the dioxin poisoning over Presidential candidate Viktor Yushcehnko during the 2004 elections between him and Yanukovych. Yanukovych supporters were found guilty of vote rigging in this same election. This precipitated the Orange Revolution in Kiev in 2004. With the US surely busy dealing with Iraq at that point in time would one make the claim that it was America then who was the aggressor and brought about the destabilization of the government in Kiev? There are endless examples of such corruption in Ukrainian politics, to claim that America has been influencing this negates the legitimate interests of the Ukrainian people in greater social, political, and economic freedoms. Furthermore, when Yanukovych took office in 2010 he had jailed the former Prime Minister and former Interior Minister and halted the sale of two news outlets owned by the Ukrainian government. Ask yourself why a leader would not want to privatize news outlets? Then look at what is going on in Turkey and Venezuela, and from there you can consider the events in Libya and Egypt over the past couple years. Read up on the topic, be critical of where you source your news, don't believe everything you read, and conduct your own primary research before making posts on public forums that are indicative of nothing if not your own ignorance, arrogance, and inability to formulate a legitimate opinion based on objective fact. You are free to believe in what you like but you will never uncover the truth with a specifically anti-American OR anti-Russian sentiment or point of view.

      March 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • rutek75

      It is obvious that it should politacal end of Putin. If everyone is punished and prisoned becouse of killing one man why internetional comunnity will not judged Putin? Where is the justice?

      March 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Klik

        Do you know by any chance when USA and UK (or perhaps those leaders) will be prosecuted for entering independent countries for their benefit, or perhaps it was for benefit of society

        That will be interesting

        March 24, 2014 at 11:24 am |
  2. Mary

    So Russia has interests in post-Soviet space and a country on its border? Is this news really? That's true for absolutely any country. This article is spinned in a way that suggests Russia is somehow bad for protecting its legitimate interests.

    March 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Neo

      "This article is spinned in a way that suggests Russia is somehow bad for protecting its legitimate interests."

      Are you kidding? Invasion of a country is not legitimate for any country! Russia should care for russia in its inner borders and not outside! And yet Russia is a dictatorship country, where people come into jail for expressing their opinion. Russias economy is as big as that of Italy and in very bad shape! Ukraine belongs to the Ukrainians and nobody else!

      March 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • Roman

        Dear Neo, I just hope that you were just as full of righteous anger when US was invading Iraq. As Crimea was unlawfully taken from Russia and given to Ukraine in 1954 by a half-Uktranian lunatic named Nikita Kruschev, what we've just witnessed is a fix of a gross injustice committed back then. By the way, people don't "come into jail", they go to jail. Maybe it's your English which is in a very bad shape...By the way, I couldn't agree more with your last sentence about Ukraine belonging only to the Ukranians. However, Crimea is not Ukraine, period. Read up on it in history books.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm |
      • Western Propaganda

        UN court ruled that declaration of independence for a single territory within a state is not illegal for Kosovo. Same principle applies to Crimea.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm |
      • serii85

        Kosovo voted for independence, in Crimea we see a parody on voting in presence of occupation forces and "vote" was not for freedom, but joining Russia that has other name – "prison of nations".

        March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
      • Lalo

        Well, dear Roman, than we could say too, with far greater justice, that Crimea is Turkish!

        March 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm |
      • Lalo

        On the other hand, "...Crimea's decision to remain part of Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union was decided by a referendum on independence in December 1991. That election found that 54 percent of Crimean voters favored independence from Russia – a majority, though the lowest one found in Ukraine." (Adam Taylor, March 18, The Washington Post)

        March 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm |
      • JoeSchmo

        Roman: The U.S. did not annex Iraq and vote it into it's territory. The U.S. did not take Iraq for its own. But I'm still not sure why Crimea was given to Ukraine in the first place, I mean, shouldn't they have seen this coming? Especially with all of that "Crimea has always been a part of Russia" (Pres. Putin) talk you'd think this would have been solved much sooner if all those Crimeans wanted Russian status so badly. Besides, if it was about "protecting their people" (Putin) then why not just use all of those passports handed out by Putin to accept them into Russia itself instead of using all of those resources to include another Territory. I believe the answer lies in Putin's perceived "sphere of influence" which he is fighting for and can only be gotten at the expense of another country's borders.

        March 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
      • Pete

        ** TO ROMAN ** , I think you will find that Iraq is still Iraq, not US in the middle east. Your example is idiotic and short sighted, The US handed over Iraq to the Iraqi's once the job was done, I don't see Putin handing Crimea back any time soon. If I send you some seeds to you promise to try and grow a brain?

        March 21, 2014 at 12:52 am |
      • Lev_com

        It's much easier. Ukraine – not a Russian. But she buffer. In past years, Russia's ally. Crimea was presented, but was leased to a perpetual lease. Leased, as was presented incorrectly. What has changed? Change of power, Ukraine in crisis. Ukraine beginning torn between the EU and Russia. Thinking about joining NATO. Imagine Ukraine joins the EU, NATO, Crimea goes into their management, with all Russian bases with Russian on this site. Just talk about the territorial integrity and independence of each state can only treating them outside alliances and blocs, but see above. While there is a risk, a threat from the U.S., NATO, EU and Russia on the division, and will be protection from Russia. Proof? McCain calls Russian gas station, the resource base, the Americans many countries are treated as resource bases.

        March 21, 2014 at 2:53 am |
      • FromSofiaNotWithLove

        EU is not Iraq and Russia should stay away from it. We are civilized nations and the russian prokies have to stay AWAY.

        March 21, 2014 at 3:39 am |
      • bperet

        NATO and the US promised not to encircle Russia as a condition for the independence of the break-away republics, as they were known – that promise has been broken, now Russia is taking back Crimea. Not a big deal. Does anyone seriously think Crimeans wish to remain in Ukraine, a country being run largely by fascists, a country now subject to the BRUTAL AUSTERITY demands of the IMF, a country with an average yearly salary around 4000 dollars, when Russia's average salary is approx. 14000 dollars? OK, maybe you prefer being delusional and believing these warmongers like Amanpour as she auditions for a better-paying job at Fox News, but don't any of you doubt for one second that calling for US military involvement in a country where the US has NO NATIONAL INTERESTS whatsoever is insane and borders on treason!

        March 21, 2014 at 6:11 am |
      • atr577

        Spoils of war do not need to come in the form of land. It all is down to economy interests and homeland security in the long run. US gets its oil. Russia gets its port AND gives the populace a chance to live in a country with some money on its bank accounts. These Russians won't be obliged to use Unkranian language either.
        The fact that Western imperialism is more subtle and hypocritical then Russian is surely not the point.
        I understand that for the western people it is hard to see that Russia is counting to a threat; after all, it is difficult to consider yourself as that very threat, is that not?
        US and Europe are truly great, I can not imagine the modern civilization without them. But the world is in no way unipolar.

        March 21, 2014 at 7:00 am |
      • Codreanu

        Roman, you said "what we've just witnessed is a fix of a gross injustice " ... how about Russians fix the other injustices that were made to the ex-soviet countries that were occupied by Russian and then forgot to left those territories? People still remember about deportations, russification etc. What Russia does today is trying to re-write the borders according to its own interests, disqualifying the other neighboring countries. She is dreaming about XIXth borders, but we're now in the XXIst century and leave in an open global economy. Yeah, acting by force she quickly took Crimeea (also by breaking treaties that she signed), but she also quickly lost respect which is very hard to achieve back.

        March 21, 2014 at 11:05 am |
      • From Sofia

        I do not mind if Russia leaves Ukraine alone, that way it will collapse even faster. Ukraine probably deserves what it gets. Maybe finally they will stop stealing Russian gas and beg for money. Maybe finally EU will fund all those corrupted politicians and oligarhs in Kyev. I just doubt EU has that much money to be pumped into that chaos. I am sorry for Portugal, Spain, Italy and other EU countries who need that money, now it will go for Ukraine where it will be simply stolen.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
    • George

      Would you say the same if it was Germany in 1939? I doubt it!

      March 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • edgar

      This people is supported by EEUU in Kiev

      March 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Reply
      • Sertain

        Seems to use drugs

        March 21, 2014 at 4:30 am |
    • FromSofiaNotWithLove

      WE ARE NOT 'your' area of interest. WE are country of its own, we gave you culture AND ALPHABET many centuries ago AND WE REGRET ABOUT IT.

      DO not dare think about it

      March 21, 2014 at 3:36 am | Reply
      • From Sofia

        Bulgaria these days is poor and corrupted country, one can find Bulgarian immigrants everywhere begging on the streets and taking most low paid jobs. Do you really think EU is interested to develop those territories? Cheap ZARA shirts are coming from that country, not capable of producing anything better then agricultural products. Even at old times it was just agriculture. Please, keep on working on your motherland first, before giving you highly intellectual opinion on something beyond your understanding. Russia saved Bulgaria once from Turkey, I think that was a waste of time!

        March 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  3. say8

    Maybe once the EU has poured its money and resources into the rest of Ukraine. Right now Kyiv is not looking overly attractive to anyone, the capital of the poorest country in Europe (including Moldova and Albania), broken infrastructure, an economy on the brink of a default, unhappy radicalized population (and a rather big one – a third of Russia's own).

    March 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Infinity

      At the moment Russia is not looking overly attractive to anyone also. No legal security, bad infrastructure, lots of corruption, a lot political insecurity,, If I would be an investor I would invest in Ukraine, they soon belong to the west!

      March 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • say8

        If you were an actual investor, you wouldn't invest in either because it's not advisable to just burn your money away when you are one.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
      • belong

        Ukraine belongs to the west?

        Is Ukraine a country, sovereign in fact or it is property of somebody?

        it is clear why Putin will have to intervene in Ukraine on behalf of Ukrainians.

        your statement just proves what is in store for Ukrainians. slavery.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm |
      • Cadiz

        Even those in Crimea who voted to join Russia will soon regret their hasty vote.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:15 am |
      • From Sofia

        I do not know if Ukraine belongs "to the West", or East or South, who cares? But right now it is complete CHAOS! So, if you want to get robbed and betean up, welcome to Kyev! It is turning into a sort of Lybia with para-military groups without overall control or coordination. Even police is being beaten up on the streets, so nobody can really be protected.

        March 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
      • D Russell

        Russian propagandists are funny. First they say "people have the right to self determination!" – hoping you readers will forget that Russia is holding several nations such as Georgia and Chechnya as part of Russia at gunpoint. So, when is Russia going to allow these nations that DONT WANT TO BE PART OF RUSSIA to vote? Herr Putin? When will you apply this new philosophy of self-determination to them? A cold day in hell no doubt. You see in those cases Herr Putin's propaganda team has been told to argue the opposite and hope you don't notice. Herr Putin has had his Minchin Olympics, now we all wait for the cowardly Europeans to fold in the face of another dictator. Gee what happened last time they did that?

        March 22, 2014 at 10:22 am |
  4. Propaganda

    Western propaganda at it's finest.

    – No mention of neo-nazis from western Ukraine flooding Kiev and taking key government posts (90% of dead maidanites were from Lviv)
    – No mention of the term "pandora's box" initially applied to Kosovo
    – No mention of UN ruling on Kosovo that a region within a state can unilaterally declare independence
    – No mention of the overwhelming Russian support in Crimea. Any attempts to "return it" would face guerrilla warfare.
    – No mention of illegality of the current regime in Kiev
    – No mention of ultra-nationalists extorting money and torturing journalists
    – No mention of Right Sector provocations in Simferopol and Eastern Ukraine

    This is not journalism, this is pathetic.

    March 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Olena

      Are you talking about yourself, are you the author of another propoganda, have you been to or are a ukrainian to claim the facts that were never true on its land ????

      March 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Reply
      • George

        Dyakuyu Olena! Ty tochno vidpovila!

        March 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
      • Western Propaganda

        I am talking about western propaganda in bed with ukrainian neo-nazis like Svoboda, Right Sector and Trizub who killed Ukrainian policemen.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
      • anon

        you are really Alena, not Olena

        March 23, 2014 at 2:57 am |
    • George

      I am a Ukrainian born in America. All talk of "banderivtsi" ended 20 years ago when Ukraine became independent. We laughed at them with the realization that it wasn't they, but a former Communist who freed our country! An entire generation of Ukrainians in Ukraine grew up without hearing about Bandera or his ilk, and would laugh at the suggestion of their racist extremist politics having any sway in Ukrainian society! This is all RT, LeftIst Dupe, conspiracy theory garbage!

      March 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
      • Propaganda

        Yeah, it is noticeable that you don't know anything about eastern Europe, mr "ukrainian born in america" or organizations like Svoboda, Right Sector, Trizub that worship Bendera and wave red-black neo-nazi flags that get ignored by western propaganda. These Ukrainian neo-nazi organizations are the ones that were the main fighting force behind the coup in Kiev.

        March 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
      • George

        "Yeah, it is noticeable that you don't know anything about eastern Europe, mr "ukrainian born in america"

        My "knowledgeable" friend, guess what? I get the live Kanal 5 feed anytime I want from Ukraine, and was watching the events live minute by minute when it happened! I also get Novyny 24 live as well, and nowhere did Right Sector or Svoboda have any overall influence over events! It was all Klitshcko, Udar, Tymoshenko, Turchynov and Batkivshchyna that have the most influence. In fact their is some friction between Svoboda and everyone else! I read the Ukrainian press by the way! I recommend Ukrainska Pravda! Founded by a martyr for truth named Gongadze!

        March 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
      • Sergey

        How do you acknowledge yourself as Ukrainians ? Have you ever been to Ukraine ? Have you ever spent a cent in some kind of sponsorship to Ukraine (supporting hospitals, sick kids, etc.) ? Or you are Ukrainian in the sense of being opponent to Russia and that's it? And the list of mass media you refer to is a bit one sided. Maybe in the news you are watching Right Sector and Svobods do not have influence, but watching the other sources anyone can have another view – NeoNazi take the power, people are just get bitten on the streets, businesses are taken over, and the latest pearl – they have even bitten head of TV channel... Well they really do have influence.

        March 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
    • Anti-propaganda

      What I really find pathetic is when propagandists paid by the aggressor (just like you and a few fellows of yours) are trying to tell everyone that white is black and vice-versa.
      How much are you paid for each comment you leave? Cannot be more that 100 Rubles, judging by how bad you are at it.

      March 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Vivaldi

      Maybe you should stop watching Russian TV. Russia did the same thing in Georgia – the latest invasion was in 2008. "Protecting his citizens" on the territory of a sovereign country.Such a lame excuse to invade other nation's territory. So, please don't give us this crap, no one believes it except Russians!

      March 21, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
      • serg

        Как раз смешно смотреть ваши телеканалы, в которых попирается так называемая "свобода слова"по американски. У вас уже давно нет ничего святого, кроме лицемерия, Россия в последние года в плане демократии выглядет лучше, чем ваша Америка. Ваша демократия давно прогнила, и я никогда не хотел бы дружить с америкой, потому-что вы из-за денег и своих интересов, готовы предать даже друга и близких людей!

        March 21, 2014 at 3:51 am |
      • Russian

        Maybe you should stop watching CNN? Maybe you should read the report of the Independent International
        Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia?

        March 21, 2014 at 4:24 am |
      • Codreanu

        Serg, that is your problem if you don't want to be friend with US, but there's another fact ... that only 70% of the russians approve Putin's politics, the rest of 30% Russians then ex-soviet countries, than G7 nations disapproved the last movements in Crimeea. In fact, long before this Russians were having a quite bad imagine in the world. Please consider this next time when speaking about democracy and social rights in your country.

        March 21, 2014 at 11:20 am |
    • Frank

      No, YOU are pathetic! I keep reading how the west uses propaganda, yet it is the Russian media that is completely controlled by the government. So what is propaganda?
      -Who told you that 90% of those killed in Kiev were neo-nazis? Do you know them personally? Did you conduct a survey? Oh, I see, Putin News reported it on Putin TV. 😉
      -I keep reading how pro Putinists compare this with Kosovo. Get real, and quit comparing apples with oranges. The UN made one exception in Kosovo and do you all know why? Because there was a genocide taking place. Look up the word in case you need help. No Russians were being slaughtered in the Ukraine, which includes the Crimea.
      -Your “overwhelming support” of Russia on the Crimea was accomplished by a massive propaganda machinery reminiscent of the old USSR and with a little help of “little green men who are not Russian troops” LOL. Again, you are the only ones being fooled by such rubbish.
      -The current regime in Kiev was born out of the ashes left by Yanukovich and his gang after they robbed billions from an already ailing country. If we had such parasites in my country I sure would also take to the streets to get rid of such bandits. I respect the Ukrainians for this. Besides, in May there will be elections there. If there is foul play during the elections on part of the interim government, then I will agree with you on this part.
      -Ultra nationalists extorting money and torturing journalists? Hello again and welcome to Putin News on Putin TV channel 13!
      -Right sector provocations in Simferopol and eastern Ukraine? I was in Simferopol last month and saw no signs of trouble whatsoever – from either side. It was as peaceful as all the other times I was there.
      You and all the other pro Putinists have one thing in common; you were blindfolded by Putin and swallow everything this cretin feeds you.
      Fact is that Putin used the power vacuum in Kiev and the country’s general weakness to march into the Crimea and take it away from the Ukraine. The Crimea belongs to the Ukraine legally. ALL parties agreed to this in 1954, and again in the early nineties. If there had been any doubts about the question of ownership the Russians could have easily done something about it already during the past 60 years. But it was accepted as fact by Khrushchev (of course), Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko, Gorbachev and Yeltsin.
      Putin’s action is considered illegal not only by the US and the EU, but the rest of the world too. However, Putin is a dictator and doesn’t seem to care about international laws and worse yet, he might not stop on Crimea’s borders; this should not be forgotten for a second.

      March 21, 2014 at 3:37 am | Reply
    • FromSofiaNotWithLove

      Don't try to excuse your (Russian) repulsive actions with some strange excuses from the past.

      March 21, 2014 at 3:42 am | Reply
    • Cadiz

      Funny, neo-Nazis from Russia calling Ukrainians neo-Nazis.

      March 21, 2014 at 5:16 am | Reply
  5. Matthew

    Yes lets hope.

    March 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  6. Karl Davis

    I'm wondering how many of the people posting on these forums are Russians, even people or robots working for the Russian government. There seems to be a lot of people pushing that it's OK for Putin to invade all of Eastern Europe, sort of like WWII all over again. These folks don't identify who they are or where they live. @Propaganda, above, is one of them. I'm thinking these are an extension of the Russian security team.

    March 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Neo

      The russians have a big propaganda division, thousands of people just have the work to post pro-putin messages arround the globe in the net! I know someone working there..

      March 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • Roman

        Dear Neo, Americans have a propaganda division, it's called CNN...

        March 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
    • George

      I think you have a point! Ever heard of "Israel Shamir," as well as Stephen F. Cohen? Name in quotes for a reason! The term "apologetics" also comes to mind!

      March 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • Roman

      Dear Karl, just wanted to let you know that I am a Russian posting on this forum; however, I am not a robot and certainly I don't work for Putin's government. I just support him 100% on the Crimea issue. As you wanted to know my whereabouts, I live in Reading, UK.
      Almost forgot, could you please share your sources of information that allowed you to arrive at ingenious conclusion that "it's OK for Putin to invade Eastern Europe and it will be like WWII all over again".

      March 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Reply
      • Russia spread the worst influence on the world of all countries!

        Dear Roman, of course you are a russian, because russians always write the same c r a p they learnt by watching PutinTV the whole day! It doesnt get more right as often you repeat what putin want you to think!

        March 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
      • Pete

        So Roman, if you are all for people who want ot be part of another country you should also be for people who don't want to be part of a country. Bring on Chechen independence then!!!! To be against this idea just makes you a massive hypocrit. Your country will be back where it was in the late 1980's soon, basically bankrupt. Putin is a dictator and a nut bag who is doing this so he can stay in power. This is not going to end well for Russia. i hope you like grass because you will be eating it soon like the North Koreans. This is coming from someone who lives in a truly free society and understand this for what it is. Crimea becoming part of Russia was not Russia's decision to make and making historical references to ancient borders and who owned what 100 years ago is also idiotic. If everyone thought like that the whole world would be up in flames.

        March 21, 2014 at 1:40 am |
      • Lev_com

        I'm a Russian from Moscow. Fact: Most Russian has always been for the return of the Crimea , many for reunification with Ukraine. But ! Many against the methods used in the Crimea , most do not support the break of Ukraine to the West and the East, no one will fight against the Ukrainians in any promotion , except for special units . Although Putin's rating is high , many Russian would have been regime change , a change of course . Many would like to rapprochement with the EU . Many rightly fear the U.S. and NATO . Difficult situation , many different desires, fears , beliefs , myths, many stakeholders , politicians , business groups. We need more transparency , more integrative orientation. While each country will only think about their well-being , the world would be unstable. UN need to expand and extend its influence , countries combined . Important one planetary language .

        March 21, 2014 at 3:19 am |
    • serii85


      Pro-Russian propaganda is instantly recognizable in about 40% of posts here. They have limited amount of people and use lot of automation, so posts are the same over many sites. If you ever happen to see discussions in countries closer to Russia, you would notice that about 90% of posts are posted by Kremlin info warriors, every discussion is flooded by their propaganda machine.

      March 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • Ifestos

      I’m Greek and I watch and read non US-UK news. Of and on I log on cnn to see what they propose. It is unbelievable the propaganda that it is been used by the CNN, it really acts as the press office of the US Government.
      The only country that has the right to invade, kill by the thousands in Serbia, Iraq – Afghanistan and in general in the Middle East is US, because they are “looking” for imaginary bombs of mass distraction….
      Wake up MALAKES all over the world and stop reading the press office of the U.S Government, do some research by your own.

      March 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Reply
      • Sertain


        March 21, 2014 at 4:35 am |
    • Vivaldi

      Very well said!

      March 21, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Western Propaganda

      You remind me of maidanites and banderites who say that anyone who thinks differently is being paid.

      March 22, 2014 at 8:22 am | Reply
  7. svetlana

    you don't have to be a ukrainian to clam the obvious and well-known facts

    March 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Western Propaganda

      Like "peacefull protesters" killing police and throwing molotovs.

      March 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  8. menisino

    There is no question that Amanpour is the most knowledgeable, credible reporter On CNN & any other network in the world. If, anything, it would be advisable for Obama to seek her advice on international crises. It is unbelievable that Obama fails to see the wisdom of arming Ukraine, as aggression by Putin is certain .Poland certainly will be effected & most likely will come to the assistance of its neighbor. Obama, you need some advise based on reality, not hope.

    March 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Western Propaganda

      Typical biased CNN reporter that does ignores anything that goes against western propaganda agenda. Nothing special.

      Anyone can spend an hour and get a ton of video discrediting the west, videos that you'll never see on CNN.

      March 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • fromEU

      Amanpour is most "lost in her own misunderstandings".
      Poland will come to "assistance", Poland will take Halicia (Western Ukraine) because Ukraine is splitting out.
      Poland will come as a beast and take lands, which were part of Poland some time ago, but Amanpour will surely observe this as act of peaceful assistance.

      March 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • kokossen

        This presumption is another Kremlin lie distributed by the Russian nationalist Zhyrinovsky. Poland WILL NOT "take" any land from Ukraine. Poland did not, does not, and will not have ant territorial claims from its neighbours.

        March 20, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
    • From Sofia

      I have seen her interview with Lebedev recently trying to push him into responses that she was interested about... Just watch it over for yourself! That is when questions are suggesting "right" answers.

      March 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      Only completely crazy person would suggest arming Ukraine. Russia is not arming Taliban, at least not yet. Arming Ukraine will be a suiside for Obama and EU.

      March 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
      • Western Propaganda

        Interesting fact: Taliban proposed to Russians an alliance against USA and Russians refused.

        March 22, 2014 at 8:26 am |
  9. Western Propaganda

    Peaceful protesters according to western propaganda:

    Driving hijacked bulldozer into police: check
    Beating policemen with chains: check
    Army helmets and clubs: check
    Killing policemen with live rounds: check
    Beating up journalists: check
    Extorting money: check

    Traveling from Lviv to Kiev and Eastern Ukraine to thrash administrative buildings: check

    Killing a self-defense volunteer and Ukrainian officer while wounding several others with sniper fire in a desperate attempt to cause a fire exchange between crimeans and a ukrainian army base on the day of the referendum in Simferopol, something western media reported as "russians killing a ukrainian" while completely ignoring the killed crimean: check.

    This is not journalism, this is pathetic.

    March 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • reality

      It seems like Putin is behaving like a spoilt child. Not getting his way with Kiev so he has thrown all his toys our of the pram. Not the type of hero leader that he is made out to be! Not even China agree's with him.

      March 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  10. Western Propaganda

    As they say in Crimea:

    Glory to Great Ukraine!
    From Lviv to Ternopil!


    March 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  11. Western Propaganda

    Also, since referendum is the highest act of democracy, what the hell is an "illegal referendum"?

    March 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  12. Jose

    Swedish government understand everything about annexations, they sold the country to USA. Glory to Great USSR!! Go Putin!!

    March 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Dmitri

      Sweden has not been to war in over 250 years. It's probably the most peaceful country in the world.

      It would do humanity good to listen and learn. To resolve conflict with brains instead of force.

      March 21, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • From Sofia

        Well, what citizenship are holding those two women that seduced Assange? Everyone knows what is the orbit of Swedish foregn policy.

        March 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
      • Western Propaganda

        Only because Russia kicked their imperial asses.

        March 22, 2014 at 8:27 am |
  13. Nadya

    Euromaidan massacre: what really happened in Kiev on Feb. 20, 2014

    March 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Possum

      Whoever pays you for that – he's got to know that even a drunk monkey get do your job better than you. And if you are doing that for free – i have some bad news for you...

      March 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Piutinland agressor

      Nice more of PutinTV propaganda! Even the speaker has a russian accent! You can clearly hear it! Shame on you russians, Russia send snipers to the Maidan to kill brave Ukrainians and after Putin blame the west. Always blaming the west for all dictatior Putin is doiing! And the russians believe their dictator. Heil Putin, unser Fuehrer! So simple propagandy for uneducated russians watching russian tv whole day only..!

      March 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  14. sergun73

    Stop provoking, and everything will be fine – nobody has to breathe radioactive dust. Put NATO boots at the West, and you'll get Russian boots at the East. Simple.

    March 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  15. History

    The population in Kosovo around 1900, was split 50/50 between Serbs/Albanians. In 1999, even before NATO stroke, you would already have Serbs 10 / 90 Albanians. Funny? There has been a massive repression and ethnical cleansing of Kosovo's Serb population in the second half of the 20th century, not the contrary. Now you have 1,5% of Serbs in Kosovo. NATO, in that particular case, has protected the cleansing part. If some comparison has to be made with Kosovo and Crimea, there have been no previous ethnical cleansing in Crimea, leading to independence of the region.

    March 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Djokaj

      Another serb another lie! The ethnic peoples (Albanians) of Kosovo have always held a vast majority, stop manipulating and stop lying you Russiagypsy!

      March 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Pera

        An Austrian statistics [Detailbeschreibung des Sandzaks Plevlje und des Vilajets Kosovo (Mit 8 Beilagen und 10 Taffeln), Als Manuskript gedruckt, Vien 1899, 80-81.] published in 1899 estimated:
        182,650 Albanians (47.88%)
        166,700 Serbs (43.7%)
        If you are "ethnic peoples (Albanians) of Kosovo", why you than using a Serbian name Kosovo (Land of Black bird)?

        May 13, 2014 at 3:54 am |
  16. *davidk44972

    Putin is not to be trusted? Russia pushes until they are pushed back in place? Sure the Russians can nuke us and us nuke them?? Kinda stupid when you think about it!
    Taking over a country is illegal! You know Putin and his friends are just bullies? I have never trusted him and never will? He reminds me of hitler? The world will never be at true peace with this kind of ruler? Funny the Chinese don't have problem! Never do they interfere! Some day they will? Watch out Russia, China may want your Land? Dave

    March 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  17. Eugene

    As a citizen of Russia I would like to Express its disappointment with the U.S. position regarding the situation in Ukraine,which for centuries was and remains part of the Russian Miramare too brutally intervened in the political processes on Ukrainica of postupil would Obama,if today's American Indians would put their wigwams front of the White house began to make tires,as,for example,the representatives of China went and treated protesters cookies saying that China supports them?Silly looks,isn't it? thus it seemed Ms. Nuland with comrades on the Maidan in Kyiv! does the US today is enough internal,social problems?Why America instead of dealing with the problems Americans creates problems for other countries,spreading death and grief?!

    March 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • reality

      you are obviously brainwashed!

      March 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • Eugene

        Just all have long realized WHO came to power in Kiev... And this is outright Nazis,anti-Semites and criminals! Klitschko,Yatsenyuk,Tiahnybok,Tymoshenko – they are like four horsemen of the Apocalypse plunged into chaos Ukraine,and now pull the entire world to a sad conclusion the history of mankind on the planet Earth.

        March 21, 2014 at 8:36 am |
  18. Pavel

    I think that Putin could have dealt normally with Ukraine (if Ukraine agreed of course) on exchange some territory (I mean Crimea) and borders and not to do anschluss.

    March 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  19. Eugene

    America,defended once its independence from Britain,today was the first to recognize the independence of the Crimea! Than Crimea worse than Kosovo? Or, the true purpose of interests of the USA in Ukraine placement of missiles close to Russia,and not democracy in Ukraine? How can the US,fought once against the fascists,to support the arrival of the fascists to power in Kiev? The Shame Of America!

    March 20, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  20. FER

    Qué lindo es ver goles... Y cada vez hay más. #golesparasiempre

    March 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  21. Eugene

    The U.S. has always been for the freedom of speech. Why, then, today America is so one-sided covers the events in Ukraine are not showing the atrocities that create a fascist representatives of the new Ukrainian government? I think that the time will come when the U.S. to recognize the fallacy of their position,but how many people will suffer and die up to these days?!!Repeats the situation with South Ossetia, when the American media did not notice aggression of Georgia,and was given all as aggression Rossiikoi then everything was the opposite!Why if America is not going to recognize the error of her support of fascism in Ukraine today,not to be ashamed tomorrow?!!Think on this!

    March 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  22. Adolf Hitler

    Putin is doing exactly what any good leader would do.

    March 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Western Propaganda

      Indeed, like USA.

      March 22, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
  23. BOMBO

    Bildt is not exactly known as a hard liner, and Sweden is not exactly a hard line nation.

    March 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • necronicus

      Bildt is a reliable apparatchik of the Euro-Atlantic order, and happily carries water for his masters in NATO and Washington. When the NATO nations wanted someone to go to Serbia during the Kosovo war and convince the Serbs that NATO meant to honour its commitments under the proposed armistice, guess who they sent? It was all a pack of lies of course, and once the Serbs pulled out, the KLA went on a bloody rampage and ethnically cleansed all but a handful of Serbs. Bildt knew he was lying, but he didn't care as he has no conscience.

      Bildt is again engaged in a hatchet job. It's simply what he does.

      March 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
      • Kitty kat

        Weird, being a Norwegian myself, I've never heard about the Swedish puppets of NATO. The Swedes are no big fan of NATO, I'll tell you that. They have never been a part of NATO, nor does it seem like they ever will be. Sweden mostly uses it's own military equipment and uses very little US/NATO equipment.

        Bildt himself is a Foreign Minister in Sweden, and as such speaks "for" the Swedish people. If he had been a NATO puppet, I can promise you... The Swedes would have been very upset.

        March 21, 2014 at 4:52 am |
  24. anonymous

    and yet everyone forgets the poor crimean tatars who got killed by the russians, think of the other sides people, russians don't just live in crimea

    March 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • necronicus

      Oh, the poor tartars.... who fought for the Nazis during WW2...

      Back in the days of the Ottoman Empire, the Tartars raided Russia and Ukraine for slaves. Until the late 18th century, slavery in the Ottoman Empire thrived, with Crimean Tatars selling slaves to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. About 2 million slaves from Russia and Ukraine were sold over the period 1500–1700. In 1769 a last major Tatar raid, which took place during the Russo-Turkish War, saw the capture of 20,000 slaves.

      In short, I can't say I care much for nazi-sympathising slavers....

      March 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Reply
      • Vampire

        In 1967 Russia said that they committed a mistake when they accused the Tatars of helping the Nazi. But kept there lands and houses.

        You are accusing Tatars from the 21st century of actions in the 18th century? Nice... lol
        Grow up.

        March 21, 2014 at 12:06 am |
    • From Sofia

      do you really think that russians were never killed by same "poor crimean tatars". The history has many examples, but does not sound like a valid argument here. Crimean tatars have different opinions, many also voted in favor of Russia at recent referendum and some are also high ranks in the current Crimean goverment.

      March 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  25. Servecold

    Vladimir Putin is playing a very powerful type of chess-game, known in some circles as an aggressive defense.
    This type of game is played by a participant who feels severely threatened by an aggressive onslaught from a worthy opponent, and is almost the strategic equivalent of a do-or- die survival technique.
    In a bid to provide a reliable buffer between Russia and the Western Bloc, he had no choice but to annex Crimea, his most powerful ally, in this particular arena.
    Unfortunately, the neighboring states of Latvia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania are now also under threat of ideological annexation by both the European Community and Russia.
    Now that Ukraine has ousted its pro-Russia leadership, the possibility of this scenario being duplicated in the aforementioned states is very real, and so is their impending aggressive annexation by Putin's Russia.
    The best possible solution in this case would be to sit down at the table of negotiation and to implement a policy of mutual cooperation based on the rights of the citizens of all countries involved in this new, all-encompassing, global dilemma.

    March 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  26. an orthodox atheist

    The facts

    1) Ukraine was under URSS and is economically dependent on Russia, culturally close to Russia,
    2) Crimea population wants to be part of Russia
    3) Crimea naval ports are of vital interest to Russia
    4) Maidan was an orchestrated coup that ousted a democratically elected president
    5) Decisions of Ukraine's parliament were taken under pressure (absence of police, protection etc etc)
    6) Ukrainians that feel «west» would have overruled the Russian speaking population of the East (Crimea comprised) under various pretexts («enemies», «strangers», «non-patriot» – as if the only patriots are those who lean westward)


    1) West was hoping that Russia would answer with the same weapons — mobilizing the east. But the east is far from the capital, and they (media) would have served us with «real Ukrainians» in Kiev, and some «East people» manipulated by Russia.

    2) What is, really, going on now can know only the ppl from the top of governments. We can know later (what is going on now) depending on the results — If Ukraine splits or goes with both, Russia and Europe ( btw a nice occasion for Europe and Russia to get closer 🙂 ).

    March 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  27. an orthodox atheist

    Operation Ukrainian freedom?

    March 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  28. an orthodox atheist


    March 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      I think this video shows a new negotiation method that brave people from Kyev can teach to their modest EU sponsors.

      March 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  29. GeorgeS

    Is Kiev the real prize for the US and NATO? It's clear from the leaked phone calls that US diplomats were coordinating the overthrow of the Ukrainian government to install their own puppet fascist regime.

    March 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      I think this puppet regime will become quite expensive for both US and EU, and some EU countries will face with strong domestic opposition trying to finance the "new democratic Ukraine". Funny that Merkel taking sides can easily loose her next elections.

      March 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  30. menisino

    When the world soccer games are transferred to another country, Putin & his commies will have to play a `friendly`alll by themselves.

    March 20, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      ... and will save lot of money for better purposes too! Are there too many countries left these days who has the cash flow to handle another World Cup? Maybe Sports are outside politics?

      March 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  31. nlbathan

    “I think he is prepared to use both economic measures, subversion, destabilizing issues, [and] economic issues."–HAHAHA ARE YOU REFERRING TO THE WESTERN NATIONS? Aren't these the strategies used by Western Nations led the United States against Syria, Libya, Egypt, Venezuela, China (1989), Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 21, 2014 at 12:04 am | Reply
  32. nlbathan

    “I think he is prepared to use both economic measures, subversion, destabilizing issues, [and] economic issues."–HAHAHA ARE YOU REFERRING TO THE WESTERN NATIONS? Aren't these the strategies used by Western Nations led by the United States against Syria, Libya, Egypt, Venezuela, China (1989), Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 21, 2014 at 12:06 am | Reply
  33. spacewiz

    Ahh, Sweden, whenever there is any Russian-bashing – they have to join. They fill bitter since they lost their empire to russian in 1700's when Peter the Great defeated Karl XII. The final defeat of the Swedes took place in Ukraine by the way.. funny..

    March 21, 2014 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Dennan

      Just so you know, many of ous here dislike usa more then russia, we know the truth how us have spent money to change the minds of the goverment in ukraine so they can put a nato base in the country, we understand russians intention, not to mention that putin is probly the greatest leader living today, he has stopt usa's planned war in syria and showing the world how bad usa nation has fallen, the people of usa are great, its the goverment thats failing. Putin have made pensions reforms for the people of crimea so all people will get 2 times higher pensions, that shows his goodwill for that is not something cheap when there are 600 000 elderly in crimera of the 2 milion people that live there. do not hate sweden couse the our gorverment is kissing usa butt. the people are not.

      March 21, 2014 at 7:50 am | Reply
      • It's me

        thanks God somebody CAN think!
        thank you

        March 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
  34. joshua silas

    mr putin shouldnt make himself a scape goat.

    March 21, 2014 at 12:29 am | Reply
  35. John Doyle

    What a freak! We here in the West, need to know our own interests and GOALS and strategy in this crisis instead of being psychologists getting in Putin's brain ....

    March 21, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
  36. Peteras

    Very good Speech from Gregor Gysi of the german Opposition at the Bundestag from yesterday:

    Talks about Svoboda, Putin, Ukraine etc.

    March 21, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Peteras, don’t you know that Gysi is a communist and Putin’s mouthpiece? But nice try.

      March 21, 2014 at 4:08 am | Reply
  37. wil

    Вы все придурки. верите всему что говорят сми. вы послушайте людей которые живут в украине, посмотрите своими глазами что там происходит, а не то что показывает вам зомбиящик. и Путин все делает правильно, а обама козел! хочет только сближения с роосийскими границами и ресурсы чужой страны (как это было с ираком)

    March 21, 2014 at 1:50 am | Reply
    • rossvet

      Here is a detailed video proof how on the 3rd of March the so called "Banderovtsy" fascists were burning the city of Odessa and beating people. Please share people should know the truth about Ukraine.

      March 21, 2014 at 2:37 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Wil, you are just another Putin TV watcher, nothing else. Stay in your country and be happy with your gnome dictator.

      March 21, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
      • It's me

        you don't belive video, you don't believe people who say THERE IS another side of a coin. You can't provide any FACT disproving their lie you're just repeating as mantra 'propaganda, Putin'. Sleep the sleep of the just.

        March 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
    • Eugene

      А я думал,что тут только по америкосски писать можно)))
      Привет всем! Привет России и Крыму! Привет Украине! Жители Незалежной, не поддавайтесь на провокации нацистов и лжевласти воцарившейся в Киеве, продавшейся иностранным правительствам... а главное не бойтесь! Рано или поздно Америка и Запад будут стыдиться поступков,которые они совершали вчера и совершают сегодня... разрушенные страны,исковерканные судьбы и изломанные жизни слишком высокая цена,которую платят мирные граждане по всему миру,чтобы утешить больное самолюбие зарвавшейся "сверх"державы с подлой мелочной душонкой,которая когда-то и сама так хотела быть свободной...
      Путину респект! России слава!

      March 21, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
      • BigSerg

        We are not so happy under Russia occoupation, dear russion nazi.

        March 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm |
  38. Dave

    Putin needs putting down like the rabid dog he is.

    March 21, 2014 at 2:27 am | Reply
  39. bernard

    no but the USA got Kiev and the rest of the country , i wonder if the Americans got what they wanted . lets see they got all the oil and natural resources from Afghanistan , iraq and libya and have their greedy globalist one world government eyes on many more .we in the west can not have it both ways .there would be tons of right wing americans talking about nuking russia as well . the fat man with the cigar rush for one , fox propoganda but that seems ok bye you . you seem vary one eyed in your comments .

    March 21, 2014 at 2:36 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Bernard … yawn, can’t you anti-west people come up with other arguments that aren’t so utterly boring? The US may not be perfect but it BUYS the oil from those countries and does not INTEGRATE their land into its own territory.

      March 21, 2014 at 4:18 am | Reply
      • From Sofia

        Yes, first it prints a pieces of green paper at place called Treasury and next BUYS the oil 😉

        March 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
  40. daze

    most probably. it's the same as 13 treasures of Britain. who posess Kiev will reunite and rebuild Kiev Russia of ancient times. but Putin posesses the rest of 12 to add to the last. the scientific point is developed in my book CLANS OF PETRI NETS.

    March 21, 2014 at 2:56 am | Reply
  41. SEW

    This is a sick joke (by the western liars and manipulators of our world). If only people knew. But I guess most people still believe that 9/11 was carried out by some muslim "terrorists". Well, keep on dreaming then. Know that our world is being manipulated. Sandy Hook was a 100% fabricated event, as was the Boston marathon "bombing" hoax. And the Kenya mall "terrorist" attack was another 100% fabricated fairytale story (that mall owner, btw, also just happened to own the world trade center. What r the chances? Anyway, do these fabricated and manipulated events matter? Yes. It is the same manipulators behind it, as in Ukraine. The western world was taken over and lost a long time ago. 24/7 TV and Hollywood brainwashing of their people. And what r the chances that the Ukrainian leader of the oppozition has dual Ukrainian/Israeili citizenship, and the US main negotiator in the Ukrainian conflict, Nuland, also has American/Israeli dual citizenship? Regardless the probability, that is so. And the Ukrainian conflict really took off after the snipers shooting people, of course blamed on the former Ukrainian president. Except, the snipers shot people on both sides, and far more police were shot by the same snipers, so. Well, so, will people ever wake up? Our world is being manipulated. How can anyone support such deceitful manipulation?

    March 21, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply
    • It's me

      from all appearances your call will not be heard. Western mass media show only that they are told to. Western vaunted freedom of speech have been dead for a long time. Poor Ukrain is just a pawn in US-EU game. Nobody cares about common people.

      March 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  42. rejtinger

    Come on! Lets get real – there is propaganda on both sides, but that does not mean that there is no truth out there. At least people writing on this site have all seen US CNN view, but only half of them have seen the alternative view – just to make the discussion a bit more fruitfull lets get aquainted with alternative sources or at least pay a bit more attention to the ones trying to present one here.

    March 21, 2014 at 4:46 am | Reply
    • It's me

      so you want to see what's going on?
      Crimea after that you call 'annexation '
      Do you reaaly believe it was Putin who made them rejoice?? Do you see guns at their heads??
      Let's have a look at the Ukraine.
      That's the sweet chat Aleksandr Muzychko (or Sashko Bely) has with the prosecutor of Rovno town
      that's him again at the local authorities' session
      that's the 'peaceful demonstration' how all the western mass media called it. Do you see that Berkuht guys (special devision aimed to defend legal power) just stay and stand all the malicious attacks of rebellions. Do you see Molotov bottles?? Who throws them??? Police???Answer: will your power be so patient in the same case???? Or...?
      Do your vaunted veracious mass media tell you that Pravy Sector (Right Sector), fascist organization, rules in the Ukraine? Do you know that Russian language is prohibited (for your information 17% of population of Ukrain are Russians)?
      Do you want to know anything else?? Or it's too scary and you prefer not to?

      March 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  43. rejtinger

    SEW totally agree

    March 21, 2014 at 4:49 am | Reply
  44. Yanuko Putin

    It's important to put real sanctions in place to remind Russians they will pay for their acts. Otherwise we'll all pay a much larger price later on. Russians don't understand Crimea is about peace, and they don't give a darn about the fine-balanced security system that the world worked so hard to achieve after all their imperial and communist shenanigans.

    March 21, 2014 at 6:29 am | Reply
    • LATIF


      March 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  45. maias

    Unfortunately it will be the ordinary Russians and the people of Europe who feel the pain of the impact of any sanctions against Russia. Our UK politicians are buffered against increases in energy bills as they claim them on their parliamentary expenses. Increased food costs will not worry our MPs as they get a substantial monthly food allowance and subsidized meals in the parliamentary restaurants, and their travel costs are reimbursable. So basically the sanctions being imposed should be seen as a form of collective punishment against the Russian people and the Europeans – which is against international law....

    March 21, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
  46. ashok

    Vladimir Putin has been around for fifteen years. The West should have figured him out by now. A bit late in the day to call in experts to decode his body language.

    March 21, 2014 at 7:13 am | Reply
  47. noe nhantumbo

    Big time, big game, poor players on one of the sides. Always getting surprised... What now? Sanctions will not work. It is going back to Cold War or if it depends on some lunatic hawks it will be Hor War... Obama seems to be sleeping with his team... EU is a club to embroiled in a finance gameout of control...Let us talk like adults again and leave aside our egos...

    March 21, 2014 at 9:15 am | Reply
  48. Bildt = CIA

    Carl Bildt "was" cia and on the board of Lundin Petroleum Inc, responsible for massmurders in Sudan and Ethiopia. He will make a lot of money when the west tursn on Putin, it´s Carl Bildt´s agenda to start a war. I bet you Carl Bildt contacted CNN himself, or was "recommended" by someoneb as he is a puppet of oil based american economy. Put your helmets on people. WWIII is coming soon. Carl Bildt is loading up.

    March 21, 2014 at 10:07 am | Reply
  49. Boris

    Why people so hating Russians? They just want to unite, and tommorrow all southeast region of Ukraine will want "to return home" for 95%, so why they dont to? I'm ex-crimean citizen, I left Crimea in 1992 becouse it's become Ukraine. After more than 20 years living abroad I can finaly return HOME! Thank You PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!

    March 21, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Dmitri

      I like Russians. I don't think this crisis has anything to do with them.

      March 21, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  50. Tourist

    Agree with rejtinger "Lets get real – there is propaganda on both sides"...

    March 21, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
  51. Get real Carl

    Carl Bildt? Carl Who? It seems that little Carl wants his 15 minutes of fame. Stockholm is the big prize. Nothing sensible was expected from Cal Bildt whose government is tapping the Russian cable for the NSA.

    March 21, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
  52. AnotherKosovo

    History repeats itself, reminding me another story of Kosovo

    March 21, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  53. Dmitri

    This whole crisis makes me thing of Charlie Chaplin's movie 'The Dictator' from 1940. That scene with the bouncing balloon globe.

    March 21, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
  54. DickPerry

    The CIA's Swedish mouth piece Carl Bildt. A shame for every Swede. But soon he as the rest of the right winger's in our government will be gone from power.

    March 21, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Dmitri

      Is that when Russia has invaded Sweden from Latvia?

      I couldn't name a single Swedish foreign minister through history, but I knew this person's name from Kosovo etc so I'm sure his voice counts for something.

      March 21, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
  55. LATIF


    March 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  56. top

    hypocritical USA and EU, and what they were doing with Serbia?????
    They fragmented the country recognized in the UN and violated
    international law! They said that Kosovo has the right to secede! It's
    changing European borders!?

    But now they say that borders in Europe can not be changed by force?!?

    March 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      Serbia is a Russian ally, so that is why. West works against Russia. They took a moment when Russia was too weak to help Serbia... it is just the old Divide and Conquer.

      March 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Djokaj

      oh really did they violate internationall law by bombing serbia back to stone age? WHY do you think they did that? Come'n use all your brain capacity!

      March 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Reply
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    March 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Иван

      March 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  58. Apo

    It's always hard to argue with people who don't even try to look at the situation from another point of view. Russian people know that tv channel reports can be biased, so we read and watch western and ukrainian media too (you can be surprised, but my home tv shows euronews, bbc and cnn as well as russian channels =). Most of western people believe that their media sources are unbiased and "free", because this "freedom" is some kind of ideology. So they simply don't read others and call it "propaganda". In fact, there is propaganda from both sides now. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Russian channels show mostly opposition crimes and radical nationalists, western – former ukrainian government's and russian "occupation".
    Crimea is really mostly pro-russian state, I know some crimeans, all of them support current actions of Russia. You can easily check real opinions by looking for crimeans accounts in social network. Believe me, Putin doesn't have such power to make millions of fake accounts. Of course, the affiliation of Crimea is not as legal as Putin says. On other side, revolution is surely illegal too, and there is really no legal power in Ukraine to negotiate. This is real politics, and the only way to defend russian interests in this situation. NATO countries violated their promises many times, and will act further to weaken Russia and any other strong non-western country by supporting revolutions, sponsoring protest movements and show its leaders as aggressors. There is no "evil" in their actions, just their business. I really didn't want to spend my free time to write comments here, but it's always a pity to read such unjust opinions about your country and people. If somebody knows, where I can get my money for a putinist propaganda comment, please tell me =)

    March 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • From Sofia

      Sorry, no money for putist propaganda! But just to avoid you being upset CNN can put your email on NSA watch list.

      March 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • It's me

        so that is that you guys call freedom od speech?

        March 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
  59. Lolnoobs

    Hey, newsflash for you. Why was the west helping Georgia? When they all perfectly knew, Stalin was Georgian, and was half a jew? Heh, this is just so funny, aint it? Well, the answer is that, West wants Russia for itself, think of how much oil and minerals Russia has! yum yum yum!

    March 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  60. Bradley

    I think that Georgia was Putin's opening game. Or him being President , prime Minister and the Presidente again OR whatever they have destabilised Syria etc. Although wich devil do want to win there. There's all these Oligarchs this that, corruption seems endemic, once again Europeans leaving Africans behind in the corrupt stakes. And lastly Democracy Oh! Democracy it seems out of reach for those that are not secular, tolerant, corrupt, greedy and power hungry. The little Napoleon is back.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:49 am | Reply
  61. Achot

    Very well organised trap for Putin

    March 22, 2014 at 1:55 am | Reply
  62. Kristian Lazar

    Putin first move was annexing Crimea, this was done by military means,

    Putins next move is going to be a political one, to dash the current regime of the ukraine by the soon to be expected presidential and parlamential elections and he can not do that when those (russian) regions do not belong to the ukraine any more.

    So there wont be any military escalation anytime soon, at least not up until after the election, sceduled to take place at the end of mai.

    The fight for the rest of the ukraine is just about to start, and it does not look like the west is going to win over western ukraine very easily, with a de.illusionited western Ukraine with an impotent interim gov, which is forced to adhere to western rules and tribulations, and a high turn-out of voters in the eastern (russian) part, with Putin giving it for free.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:53 am | Reply
  63. Steve

    I don't think that Russia, is capable of occupying and controlling the entire Ukraine, even if it wants to. Ukraine which is twelve times larger than the Republic of Georgia, from which Russia tore chunks of territory after the brief war between them, is larger than France and slightly smaller than Texas and has a population of more than 40 million. It would be foolish thinking by the Russians to assume that the Ukrainians will just sit and do nothing if they do try invade Ukraine. The Ukrainians showed that they are not docile.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:30 am | Reply
  64. Kuzma

    Russia's UN envoy Churkin replies to CNN anchor Amanpour:

    Dear Ms. Amanpour,

    I am taken aback by the personal attacks you resorted to in your show on March 20. I have known you for many years (including through a number of on-the-air interviews) and used to respect you professionally. So it was somewhat startling that my inability to give another interview provoked such an outburst.

    As to my unwillingness, as you put it, to leave my "comfort zone” – you are absolutely right. After 8 meetings of the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea (six of them in front of TV cameras) I feel very comfortable that the truth is beginning to come across.

    If, though, you imply that I don’t want to answer tough questions, then you are mature enough to know that I spoke to the “full house” at the Washington National Cathedral in October, 1983, two weeks after the South Korean airliner was downed, and then testified at the US Congress in May of 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, not to mention hundreds of other media and “live” appearances. So I can explain to anyone what “leaving a comfort zone” means.

    But I wouldn’t be writing to you if you did not also choose to personally attack my daughter – your younger colleague – a Russian TV journalist. I am very proud of her – not only is she a good journalist, but she strictly keeps her professional distance from me.

    Incidentally, I recall you married the State Department Spokesman. How was your professional credibility in the course of your courtship?

    Don’t bother to answer. I don’t really want to know.

    Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin

    March 22, 2014 at 8:30 am | Reply
  65. Western Propaganda

    This is how things look in eastern ukraine after being liberated from pro-western right sector neo-nazis. Watch this video to the end and then tell me you haven't seen any swastikas on maidan.

    March 22, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
  66. Veritas

    Putin = Hitler

    March 22, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
  67. Veritas

    The Russian Propaganda Ministry is working fine as can be seen on this comment board...

    March 22, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply
  68. vladi

    Sanctions? More like banning people who ll never go there anyway..
    If Putin behaves like Hitler, West is as weak as Chamberlain and Daladier
    wake up democracy

    March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
  69. freddie

    Didn't this guy fail as Prime Minister?

    March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
  70. MPA

    Nah. He accomplished his goal. The West only wishes he would try for Ukraine, so they say "I told you so".

    March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  71. Cadiz

    Have others here noticed how most of these people on the CNN boards defending Putin have obviously never been to a CNN or Western news site in their life? It seems that they are employees working for Putin's propaganda apparatus
    and all get their answers from the same script. They then go around and post positive comments for all of their other comrades and giving each other UP points. They could think about mixing it up a little.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
  72. Eugene

    Яйценюх – это откровенный фашист! Европа и США стараются не замечать того,что к власти в Украине пришли фашисты,потомки и последователи тех,кто сотрудничал когда-то с Гитлером,вырезал евреев,поляков и русских.Поддержка Америкой становления фашизма в Украине – есть позорный факт,порочащий память тех солдат(американских,русских и других национальностей),которые отдали свои жизни во 2й мировой Войне,чтобы победить фашизм и отстоять мир во всем мире.Сегодняшняя позиция США и их сателлитов не делает чести Америке.Когда на Украине,руками нацистов,прольется кровь мирных граждан востока и юга Украины,то эта кровь будет и на руках американских,и европейских,политиков!

    March 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  73. It's me

    March 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  74. Northern Sweden

    Bildt should keep his mouth shut, he's endangering our neutrality by constantly spewing crap like this that doesn't represent the Swedish peoples opinions.
    He's doing the same thing that his own party criticized Olof Palme of doing when he was taking a stand against the Americans fighting in Vietnam, but apparently it's okay to do that now that it's the Russians and not the Americans that are the target? Bah this is just stupid, and besides his terrible party that has almost single-handedly destroyed this country will be thrown out next election.

    And no I am not a socialist, communist, Russian immigrant or anything of the like, I'm just sick of people like him ruining something that our forefathers worked hard to achieve, that being a peaceful international presence.
    If for some reason Sweden ends up handing out sanctions or being sanctioned to/by Russia I promise I will leave this debt-ridden hellhole of a failed social experiment and move to Switzerland.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  75. David

    It only approves again that the West lost a sense of reality. The West together with the western Ukrainians opened a box of Pandora. The future of Ukraine is uncertain now. Actually, many Russians, Ukrainians (also known as Malorussians in the past) and Belorussians still consider themselves as one people, one nation, and this is actually so. Just try to study the history (not written by American authors; it would be preferable to take the Russian authors before 1917 such as Karamzin or Kluchevskiy).

    March 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  76. Boris

    The US is a clear example of the making of a country out of plundering and robbery to Spaniards and Mexicans and also to Russians, so please do not blame Russia for getting back what it belongs to her. The US is the land of the indian massacre and the exploitation of black slaves and of the stealing of land to Mexico...Please no more lessons

    March 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  77. eyeonukraine

    The Swedish PM is wrong. Kiev is not the "prize". It was and should be part of Russia motherland. It is just returning to mother Russia. That is it. Did the us reclaimed its long lost "land" – Iraq in 2002, with or without un authorization? Case closed.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  78. Bradley

    Let's rewind here a bit. There was a poll to join Russia or the EU. Russia "won" allegiance. Like Egypt there is or was an even split. The people revolted saying enough of sharia law or enough of corruption and lack of freedom.
    What's all this about US this and that, if there was not going to be a repercussion for invading and annexing, Russia and other countries may do this with impunity.The only countries who can "hurt" Russia really are Western countries. As China wouldn't know a human right if it hit them on the head.
    It appears as though the peoples of the area are similar probably related and speak Russian. They are however autonomous and sovereign. Israel is an example of another area where to me the peoples of Palestine and Israel look the same, and with other issues have not got on to well.
    If Crimea is now Russian, what of the people really. Top politicians probably have burgeoning bank accounts. Until one day the Russian Black sea Fleet is the only place to get water. Crimea is isolated except for Russian sailors visiting or being based there. What will happen then? Imported water, electricity all to prop up the "Base".

    March 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  79. Awabnavi

    "“What is happening now is that we see Russia emerging as an unpredictable power.” - YEAH! And the West is VERY PREDICTABLE they will attack and invade SMALL, WEAK COUNTRIES but will balk at MILITARY ACTION against some one who can SMACK THEIR BUTTOCKS GOOD AND HARD.

    March 23, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply
  80. Factsseeker

    The European Union leaders are so anti-Putin because they fear that Russia might grow to take in other Slavic countries that could form a huge Slavic nation that will put a stop to the ever expanding EU. The EU has spread by taking in countries most of whom were parts of bigger countries before such as Yugoslavia, Czekoslovakia and the ex USSR republics. In each case, the countries voted whether to join the EU or not. The was never a unanimous vote to join. In some cases the vote initially was against joining. The EU was always quite happy to accept these countries as long as they were willing to open the profitable businesses to EU and US business to come in and take over. Now suddenly, the Crimeans want to do what most the EU countries did before them and join the Russian Federation. Suddenly, this is now an invasion. What hypocrisy. It is embarassing to listen to Hague and Bildt talking so earnestly about this evil Russia. Let the will of the people in Crimea be accepted. The Russians are not going to invade anybody. Chechnya is more like Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan. Even during Lenin's time there was trouble in those regions. Crimea has never really been a part of Ukraine. Even Bildt knows that, surely ? Let the Ukrainians and the Russians sort this out. They understand each other well. Carl Bildt is trying to stir up the conflict, not to help it. Any war will be madness for the Ukraine. Bildt must stop agitating.

    March 23, 2014 at 1:11 am | Reply
  81. Ivo

    I thought,that this carl b.was imprisoned for crimes against the humanity.
    But it is never too late.he shall be.

    March 23, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
  82. brit accents on news channels, and all tv is a conspiracy

    the theories abound, but it has been noted brit accents on all news channels, and every tv show in north america, who allowed all these brits on tv? the same thinking must prevail, and now we get drivel about everyone elses conspiracies, and the brits have conveniently pushed islamist scrouge out of the headlines, lets ask, with all the brit accents, and all spouting the same dogma, W T F is goin on?

    March 23, 2014 at 6:21 am | Reply
  83. Roland

    So basically instead of arming the Ukrainians to the teeth which might cost the West 100-200 billion Euro we will let Russia devastate Ukraine , create a civil war, and then slap hundreds of billions worth of sanctions on Russia? So the bill will be far larger. It is better to arm Ukraine to the teeth now so they are a credible deterrent to Moscow and they can start to take back Ukraine through force of arms,insurgency and resistance.

    March 23, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • Roland

      Despite what people might think Russia is not the military juggernaut it used to be.It's armed forces are very dated.Russia also cannot afford to get into a protracted war with Ukraine or match Western defense budgets.Russians would be eating grass and dying in the thousands and probably revolt and kick out the crazy Putin.

      March 23, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • Bond James Bond

        But Russia's still got the big one! And don't forget the gas spigot. As to Russians eating grass – I'd only say: Wishful thinking. Its actually the West that'll see people eating grass – just wait for another bubble to build and burst.

        March 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  84. top

    Mr. Steinmeier for "Welt am Zontag": "I am concerned with attempt, contrary to international law, that 25 years after the end of the Cold War it was corrected internationally recognized borders of our European neighbors, it opens a Pandora's box,"

    No, Mr. Steinmeier, you've opened Pandora's box with Kosovo, when you (West) allowed and supported dismemberment of Serbia, now do not be surprised!

    March 23, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
  85. badam

    Putin needs Ukraine, because of the pipeline. Thats all.

    March 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  86. Terrible_Ted

    Something in the Russian blood that makes them love a repressive regime that murders tens of millions of its own citizenry. The Russians, much like the Arabs love a physcotic despot.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
  87. Ann

    These are all speculations of the West. Russia is not going to invade anywhere. I don't think Crimea had been a thoroughy planned action. Russia does not want to fight with any other country. It wasn't Russia that bombed innocent people in iraq, or Libya etc.The US shouldn't have started this game in Ukraine. They shouldn't have paid 5 bln to Ukrainian opposition to arrange another revolution in Kiev. They had no right to do this to a sovereign state. They should have admitted they lost with Yanukovich refusing to sign the paper. Yanukovich was legally elected, and the West including the US, approved of the elections.
    So what the US needs to do now is to walk away, and not trying to stir up the waters even further in Europe by making unproved claims that Russia is going to invade Moldova or China or Madagaskar.... It is what they have been doing all this time. Paying all the major mass media to lie to public to turn everyone against Russia. This is what bad guys usually do when they see they can not win, they turn to deceipt and lies.

    March 24, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
  88. Bond James Bond

    Wake up Mr. Bildt, Putin didn't open this game – you and your cohorts did!

    March 24, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply

    CNN and all major news outlets in the West are Jewish controlled. The coup in Ukraine is being supported by International Zionism because they don't want attention on Zionist theft of Palestinian land and the atrocities in Syria. One can clearly see that the Zionist maniacs support Al Qaeda in Syria and even give them hospital care in Tel Aviv Israel for wounded Al Qaeda members.

    March 24, 2014 at 5:10 am | Reply
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    The NATO bombing killed 1,300 members of the Serbian military, 6,000 civilians, of which 2700 children, while more than 20000 people were injured. Material damage was all over Serbia, mainly to civilian objects, worth tens of billions of dollars. Nobody paid for it.

    The bombing was carried out illegal, that now recognized by all West officials. Without the UN or the Security Council decision.

    Why? To fragmented sovereign state recognized by the UN. Because the West did not match the Serbian authorities. They invented that Albanians threatened, armed them, and supported in their struggle against a sovereign state. After they saw that it was not enough they attacked Serbia themselves. It's a shame to the hypocritical West.

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  91. fromIsrael

    Don't you see that Russia is aggravating its threat to size other parts of Ukraine in hope the West will swallow much easier the capture of Crimea?

    March 24, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
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    What Western "free" mass media will never tell you, aka the naked truth:
    "MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Foreign Ministry on
    Monday denounced as an act of anarchy the robbery of Russian passengers
    on board a train in Ukraine by ultranationalists last week.

    On Friday, a group of uniformed men boarded a train from Moscow in
    the southwestern Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia under the pretext of an ID

    “Passengers with Russian passports were forced to hand over their
    money and valuables. The robbery was accompanied by ‘political
    brainwashing,’” the ministry said in a statement.

    The men were wearing uniforms of a WWII-era nationalist group, the
    Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which was responsible for massacring
    thousands of Polish, Jewish and Russian civilians in western Ukraine
    during and after WWII.

    “It seems as if the anarchy of the 20th century is being revived in
    Ukraine,” the ministry said, adding that local police refused to listen
    to official complaints by Russian citizens.

    Moscow has repeatedly expressed grave concern about the rise of
    ultra-right nationalism in Ukraine, especially in western regions where
    ultranationalist and anti-Russian sentiments are traditionally strong.

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    that came to power following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych
    last month, saying their seizure of power has allowed extremists to
    strongly influence the country’s civil and political agenda.

    Putin also said that Ukrainian "nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes
    and anti-Semites" bore full responsibility for the civil crisis in the
    country, which prompted people of Crimea to vote in favor of seceding
    from Ukraine and rejoining Russia."

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  94. Someone

    What Western "free" mass media will never tell you, aka the naked truth:
    "KAZAN, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Twenty-two of 43 KAMAZ
    trucks seized by Right Sector militants were lost in Ukraine’s
    Chernihiv. The producer tried to ship the trucks to Kazakhstan. The lost
    vehicles were guarded by supporters of Ukrainian ultra-radical
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    OJSC on Monday.

    “After we filed a complaint against people impeding the trucks to be
    taken out the country, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have filed a
    criminal case under article ‘Arbitrary behavior’,” the spokesperson

    He added that on the recent weekend (March 22-23), the shipment of
    seized trucks was divided into two parts: 21 vehicles were left on a
    parking guarded by the police, and the rest was transferred for keeping
    to supporters of the Right Sector. After that, the trucks were lost.
    Representatives of the carmaker said the vehicles could be taken away
    from the city.

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    of trucks that the management of KAMAZ trading company prepared for
    shipping to Kazakhstan. In order to return the vehicles, representatives
    of the carmaker addressed Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office, as
    well as Russia’s and Kazakhstan’s ministries of foreign affairs. “As far
    as we know, the diplomats joined the activities aimed at returning the
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    March 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  95. toIsrael

    Don't you see Israel has done same annexions and nobody cares ?
    O right, they are friends of US, so allowed everything.

    March 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
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  98. Sunmar

    I would say that annexation of Ukraine (or bigger part of it) will be just the first move in Putin’s geopolitical chess match with World.

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  99. Alena

    I want to ask you Americans , what do you know about Russia ? What do you know about Ukraine ? Nothing you do not know about us, about how we live , what we mentality as we – Russian and kraintsy – two people are related by blood . Sit on the same continent and reasoning about the country where there were never about people whose culture you will never understand. Your words are empty , they do not make sense, there is no truth in them . My grandfather and grandmother Ukrainians , I was baptized in the Ukraine, but was born in the USSR , I live in Russia ( Siberia). We lived well with the Ukrainians and live well . America climbs to where it did not call for this she received on the cheek and will get even until know their place . America is the world hysteria in connection with the situation in Crimea. Tantrum – it is not a strong position , this is a weak position , your weakness scares you , but you yourself have done so , and mute. Want to know the truth , come to Ukraine and Crimea , find out all by yourself.

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  100. Alena

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  102. Storm clouds looming over Russia

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    The prime ministers of Ukraine since independence who have declared a religious preference have all have been Orthodox, except the current one. The presidents of Ukraine since independence have all have been Orthodox, except the current one. From the Russian and Orthodox perspective, these seem to show that the west is using Ukraine as a bridgehead to the East.

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